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SCENE 7
      OUTSIDE THE DRY CLEANERS - DAY

                                  The HAPPY CUSTOMER examines his
                                  shirt. He's pleased with the
                                  results.

      "THE MUSTARD"

                        HAPPY CUSTOMER
      THEY GOT THE MUSTARD OUT!

                        CHORUS
                       (performing spectacular, acrobatic dance
                        routine)
      THEY GOT THE MUSTARD OUT!

                                  LIGHTS DOWN on CS, LIGHTS UP on
                                  MAGIC BOX.
SCENE 8
      THE MAGIC BOX - DAY

                                  BUFFY enters DSL and walks back to
                                  table.

                        BUFFY
                       (deadpan)
           It's not just us.

                                  DAWN enters from DSL, excited.

                        DAWN
           Oh, my god! You will never believe what
           happened at school today!

                        BUFFY
           Everybody started singing and dancing?

                        DAWN
                       (pause, deflated)
           I gave birth to a pterodactyl.

                        ANYA
                       (straight)
           Oh, my god. Did it sing?

                        DAWN
           So you guys too, huh?

                                  TARA and WILLOW are enjoying
                                  private little whispers.

                        XANDER
           So what'd you sing about?

                        DAWN
           Math.

                                  TARA is suddenly startled out off
                                  her and WILLOW'S private world.

                        TARA
           That's right! The volume!...text.

                        GILES
           What text?

                        WILLOW
           The volumey text.

                        TARA
           You know...

                        WILLOW
                       (making up the name as she goes along)
           The Mrrnedfrd Report.

                                  TARA nods enthusiastically.

                        XANDER
           The what now?

                        TARA
           There's just a few volumes back at the house
           that deal with mystical chants, bacchanals...
           Might be relevant.

                        GILES
           Well, I'm a hair's breadth from investigating
           bunnies at the moment, so I'm open to anything.

                                  During the next speeches, DAWN
                                  notices the TALISMAN near her on
                                  the counter.
                                  She glances back to the others to
                                  make sure she's not being watched
                                  then slips it into her pocket.

                        WILLOW
           Great! We'll check it out and, er, we'll give
           you a call.

                        TARA
           Yeah, this could blow the whole thing wide
           open.

                                  They stand and "exit" holding
                                  hands, moving to CS as LIGHTS FADE
                                  OUT on MAGIC BOX

                                  More convo here - Dawn swipes
                                  pendant
SCENE 9
      SUNNYDALE PARK - DAY
                                  As LIGHTS FADE UP on CS,
                                  PICNICKERS enter from various
                                  parts of the stage, some playing
                                  frisbee, a couple of them laying
                                  down blankets to sit on etc.

                                  Two COLLEGE GUYS wearing backpacks
                                  enter, crossing the stage.

                        TARA
           Do we have any books at all at home?

                        WILLOW
           Well, who wants to be cooped up on a day like
           this? The sun is shining. There are songs going
           on...

                                  The COLLEGE GUYS walk past, they
                                  both check out TARA as they pass.

                        WILLOW (cont'd)
           ...Those guys are checking you out.

                        TARA
           What? W-What are they looking at?

                        WILLOW
           The hotness of you, doofus!

                        TARA
           Those boys really thought I was hot?

                        WILLOW
           Entirely!

                        TARA
           Oh, my god... I'm cured! I want the boys!

                                  She turns to run after the boys
                                  and WILLOW grabs her and pulls her
                                  back. TARA laughs.

                        WILLOW
           Do I have to fight to keep you? 'Cause I'm not
           large with the butch.

                        TARA
           I'm just not used to that. They were really
           looking at me?

                        WILLOW
           And you can't imagine what they see in you.

                        TARA
           I know exactly what they see in me: You.


      "UNDER YOUR SPELL"

                        TARA (cont'd)
      I LIVE MY LIFE IN SHADOW
      NEVER THE SUN ON MY FACE
      IT DIDN'T SEEM SO SAD, THOUGH
      I FIGURED THAT WAS MY PLACE
      NOW I'M BATHED IN LIGHT

                                  The lighting becomes brighter,
                                  building to a big change.

                        TARA (cont'd)
      SOMETHING JUST ISN'T RIGHT

                                  Lighting "blosoms" into a bright,
                                  flowery, starry, surreal
                                  representation of Real Love.

                        TARA (cont'd)
      I'M UNDER YOUR SPELL
      HOW ELSE COULD IT BE
      ANYONE WOULD NOTICE ME?
      IT'S MAGIC I CAN TELL
      HOW YOU SET ME FREE
      BROUGHT ME OUT SO EASILY
      I SAW A WORLD ENCHANTED
      SPIRITS AND CHARMS IN THE AIR
      I ALWAYS TOOK FOR GRANTED
      I WAS THE ONLY ONE THERE
      BUT YOUR POWER SHONE
      BRIGHTER THAN ANY I'VE KNOWN

                                  TARA breaks away from WILLOW,
                                  turning to face her and dance for
                                  her.

                                  Some of the PICNICKERS rise from
                                  their blankets and join the dance.

                        TARA (cont'd)
      I'M UNDER YOUR SPELL
      NOTHING I CAN DO
      YOU JUST TOOK MY SOUL WITH YOU
      YOU WORKED YOUR CHARMS SO WELL
      FINALLY I KNEW
      EVERYTHING I DREAMED WAS TRUE
      YOU MAKE ME BELIEVE

                                  TARA moves back to WILLOW and they
                                  dance together.

                                  Two PICNICKERS enter, pushing the
                                  BED, spinning it around into place
                                  just as TARA and WILLOW sit down
                                  on it.

                                  LIGHTS FADE, leaving just the bed
                                  in "bedroom" lighting.

                        TARA (cont'd)
      THE MOON TO THE TIDE
      I CAN FEEL YOU INSIDE
                       (She falls back onto the pillows)
      I'M UNDER YOUR SPELL
      SURGING LIKE THE SEA
      WANTING YOU SO HELPLESSLY
      I BREAK WITH EVERY SWELL
      LOST IN ECSTASY
      SPREAD BENEATH MY WILLOW TREE

                                  WILLOW leans over her, smiles
                                  seductively, then begins slowly
                                  moving down her body as the LIGHTS
                                  FADE.

                        TARA (cont'd)
      YOU MAKE ME COMPLETE
      YOU MAKE ME COMPLETE
      YOU MAKE ME COMPLETE

                                  Just as things are about to get
                                  interesting...

                                                          BLACKOUT
SCENE 10
      THE MAGIC BOX - DAY

                                  LIGHTS UP on the MAGIC BOX. DAWN
                                  is doing her homework on the
                                  counter, BUFFY, GILES, ANYA and
                                  XANDER are sitting around the
                                  table.

                        XANDER
           I bet they're not even working.

                        BUFFY
           Who now?

                        XANDER
           Willow and Tara. You see the way they were with
           each other? The get-a-roominess to them? I bet
           they're --
                       (notices Dawn)
           ...singing. They're probably singing right now.

                        GILES
           I'm sure Willow and Tara are making every
           effort.

                        XANDER
           Oh, yeah.

                        BUFFY
                       ("Not in front of the kid")
           Xander...

                        DAWN
           Buffy, it's okay. I do know about this stuff.
           Besides, it's all kinda romantic.

                        BUFFY & XANDER
                       (in unison)
           No, it's not.

                        DAWN
           Come on! Songs, dancing around... what's gonna
           be wrong with that?
SCENE 11
      AN ALLEY - NIGHT

                                  We hear tap-dancing US. LIGHTS
                                  CROSS FADE to TAP DANCER doing a
                                  routine. His dancing is
                                  enthusiastic but he seems a bit
                                  puzzled. As he goes on, his
                                  tapping becomes more and more
                                  frantic.

                                  A RED SPOTLIGHT getting hotter on
                                  him makes him "glow", as LIGHTS
                                  FADES UP on SWEET. We see only his
                                  silhouette, in profile.

                                  The TAP DANCER'S face contorts in
                                  pain, his limbs are shaking as he
                                  moves, until finally he screams
                                  and falls down. Dead.

                        SWEET
           That's entertainment.

                                                          BLACKOUT
END OF ACT ONE
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